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Visual Guide to Financial Markets by David Wilson

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Hard Assets Revisited

David Einhorn, the founder of Greenlight Capital, is a hedge-fund manager who’s better known for his pans than his picks. He sold Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.’s stock short before the securities firm went bankrupt in 2008. He prevailed in a six-year fight against Allied Capital Inc., a small business lender, that he wrote about in the book Fooling Some of the People All of the Time. He bet against St. Joe Co., a real estate developer whose biggest shareholder was Bruce Berkowitz’s Fairholme Fund, among the best-performing U.S. mutual funds of the 2000s.

Yet Einhorn’s track record creates interest in what he’s buying, not ...

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